The Environment Minister says people won't be arrested for burning turf when a planned ban takes effect.

Eamon Ryan says the draft regulations, to end the sale and distribution of smoky fuel, will take effect from September.

Sinn Fein is due to bring a motion to the Dail on Tuesday calling for the plans to be scrapped over the negative impact it would have on households in rural areas.

But Minister Ryan says people will still be allowed to burn turf they've already bought, or cut from their own land.

Eamon Ryan says there's been a lot of scaremongering over these proposals:


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